Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 16 vs. New Orleans Saints

Harrison Hand of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As a whole, this was a tough game to be positive about. The Minnesota Vikings got slapped around by the Saints through most of the game and although there were a few bright moments, it was a mostly disappointing contest in all phases of the game.

Still, there were some positives to take away from the game. Here are some of those things that made fans smile for at least a moment.

Other good things from Week 16

  • A clean game. The Vikings did a good job of not helping the Saints too much by staying out of the turnover column. Kirk Cousins did throw a couple of dangerous passes and fumbled on one dropback, but neither resulted in a change of possession.
  • Picking off a legend. Minnesota’s defense may have struggled to stop the Saints on a majority of drives, but they did manage to intercept Drew Brees twice. Harrison Hand and Hardy Nickerson both picked off the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback.
  • Number 14. No, this isn’t about former Viking Stefon Diggs, but the other half of his dynamic duo in Minnesota. Adam Thielen grabbed his 14th receiving touchdown of the season in this game, going even further to prove how big his Pro Bowl snub really is.
  • Spreading the ball around. Kirk Cousins connected with six different pass catchers during this game. It was many of the usual pass-catchers, but it was a bit surprising to see Bisi Johnson grab a pass for 13 yards.